Random Sunday

Bathroom, Big Thaw, and LitCon

Image by Eugene Brennan from Pixabay


It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Random Sunday post, so it’s about time to do one. So, the question is where to start? The big thing that’s happening now is my bathroom has sprung a leak. Seriously. It’s leaking down into the downstairs bathroom. We discovered it because the ceiling in the downstairs bathroom started falling apart. The real challenge now is to find the primary leak. No, we haven’t figured it out yet. And the spot we thought was causing the leak is not the primary cause. That spot is indeed leaking, but not creating the damage on the ceiling downstairs. So, we’re still chasing it. Which also means we’ll have to demolish the entire bathroom. Yay for a tiny bathroom where we can’t get things out without pulling other things out. This makes finding that blasted leak a challenge of the not fun kind. So, yeah, that’ll be consuming a bunch of my time over the next couple weeks.

Big Thaw

Image by Fred T. from Pixabay

The good news is that it’s finally started thawing out up here in Minnesota. We hit mid fifties Fahrenheit today, first time since last fall. We were at twenty plus below zero Fahrenheit not that long ago. Trust me, when the Mississippi River was steaming because it was so much warmer than the air temperature, it’s bloody cold. Keep in mind, the river was only about 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit. And the River steamed for like two weeks straight. When you think about it, that’s a 70 degree plus temperature change we’ve gone through over the last few weeks. Yeah, it felt wonderful to be outside today going for a walk at the regional park nearby.


May be an image of text that says 'LITOON'
Image by S. Overby

Hmm, what for my last bit to share here. You know good things come in threes. Well, not sure it’s all good, but hey, it’s what I’ve got to share tonight. I think we’ll go with a quick bit about LitCon 2021. It’s a literary cyber convention. Authors, readers, screenwriters, and more came together this weekend to geek out sharing all the amazing things related to writing, screen, and books. I didn’t get to nearly as many as I wish I could have—thanks, stupid bathroom—but I caught a little. And I got to check out some booths, Cover Wars, and more. It was a fun experience. Most genres for both screenwriting and books had panels discussing a wide range of topics from horror trope and their effectiveness to sci-fi building better aliens to the business aspects of being a writer. There’s also the LitCon Lounge where there’s a free-flowing discussion of whatever comes to mind. Even if you’re not a part of a panel, you still get plenty of opportunity to interact with the panelists and other viewers. Best part is that the organizers are working hard to keep it as low cost as possible. It will happen again in 2022, so mark your calendars for it now and find all sorts of bookish and screen goodness that will be even better next year.

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